This rather oddly named duo was formed in '07, got their first full-lenght out in '08, and released it's follow-up already during the next year - and in 2010 they're released a remix-collection about their debut album. The band's expression is based on duo-jammings with guitar and drums, and occasionally featuring whatever happens to be at hand. The band records these jams, and then they edit, sample, loop, fasten and otherwise twist these songs into something very different than what they originally were. Their aim is, or was, to create some industrial-based and repetitive noisy stuff.
Bizarre. Intriquing. Messed up. The band works with out-dated or even retro equipment, and it shows. The first song has many layers, from a simple beat to fast but calm synth-like patterns. It's follow-up is more energetic with it's sped-up drumming and almost chaotic synth-like layers. These synths sound quite one-dimensional, in the same way as old electro-effects, but layering them with other loops makes them sound really good without getting tangled up. The second song switches to more peaceful but very beat-based expression in it's halfway, and this kind of transitions are exactly the reason I'm not going to be very precise with the album. It's repetitive, very varying, and has a good dose of retro in it.
Despite, or maybe because of their loop-based nature, the songs really manage to get you by surprise here and there. For example the song "Just Emotions" switches suddenly between very cheery beats and even jazz-like peacefulness to some even sickeningly downtuned and slowed-down distorted guitars repeating a simple doomy riff while a dull and distorted voice reads the lyrics to goth-rock band The 69 Eyes' hit song "Gothic Girl". I am not kidding here. There's also quite a fair deal of rock- and even rockabilly-moments and elements here and there to spice up the whole; for example the song nine is almost fully based on some cheery and sped-up rocking with some additional disco-like synthwork to boost up it's beat and some manipulated effects to make the track more fitting to the whole. This song works especially well, because it's follow-up is the over six minutes long, minimal, doomy and even very slightly psychedelic closer of the album.
This album is not meant to be swallowed in one piece, and neither for those without an open mind. Listen to it in the background at first, then slowly try to absorb it's many different elements and the amount of changes. At some point you should notice that the album is actually built rather well; the changes from peaceful and simplistic moments to the more layered and even somewhat chaotic moments to the switches between industrial- and rock-based moments all come together. Not seamlessly, but working together while pushing the whole forward anyway. The loops and editing all the sounds the same way tie the whole together, even the most rocking moments don't stand out too much sound-wise. The album keeps on the move, but remembers to give you breathing pauses.
The band has gone through a great deal of change since their debut album. On the debut album, "Elvis", the songs were even more strongly loop-based and overall more crude, both sound- and structure-wise. "Elvis" also had more of the real instruments' sound left in it, although still by all means not much. I wouldn't wonder if many people were more into the soundscape of the previous album, but this one shows a band that's more aware of itself and it's different methods of creating and editing. The band has gone forward. The bare recording equipment is partially a problem though, as it's occasionally very easy to tell that a certain has been sped-up and so on. It's not a too big bother, but someone with a longer listening history in electro and such might be bothered a lot. I think that they could create some more intriquing and more full and natural sounds if they wanted to, but that's the question: do they?
The band's aim of avoiding to intentionally scare or cause headache or disgust to people with their music strectches out to the visual side, too. They go to the other way, and aim for even childish images. The soft-coloured cover art features some ducks or geese, and the back cover features the track list along with the basic info. No inlay or a booklet, and on the CD there's only a fittingly coloured splatter and the number of your copy. Shortly said, there's not much to see here, and the little that there is doesn't really add to the listening experience. The release has a cheap price tag which partially explains the lack of visuals, but I can't help saying that I would've expected more.
I feel satisfied. Unlike I feared at first, this album has quite a bit to give, and it's well put together and edited from the bands' jamming tapes. The band has courage and daring to expand their sound, but they're not afraid of occasionally keeping it very bare either. I would be interested to hear what the band could create with more full sounds and a more full soundscape, but I guess that would harm the layering a great deal. The band could now work on creating a more solid whole and also on ways to give the album a better and a more natural flow. The band's style hasn't yet stabilized, one can tell, so it's interesting to see what they'll come up with next. I hope that they dare to go even further and experiment more on their sound.